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Nikon announces new flagship D4 DSLR, will burn a $6000 sized hole in your pocket

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Two years ago Nikon announced the D3s, which was to be their flagship camera then. That camera set the benchmark for low-light performance and had the competition struggling to catch up to it. Today Nikon is back with their new flagship DSLR, the Nikon D4, which improves upon the already excellent low-light performance of the D3s and this time, makes it even faster.

Speed is one of the highlights of the D4, which has a startup time of just 0.012 seconds. The D4 is also powerful enough to capture full resolution JPEG or RAW images at up to 10fps with full AF/AE or up to 11fps with locked AF/AE. The D4 also uses Nikon’s new 51-point Advanced Multi-Cam 3500 AF autofocus system, which is said to be faster and more precise than before. Read more »

Fujifilm announces mind-boggling twenty eight new cameras at once

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Haven’t anyone told these people about the CES? Well, anyway, it seems that companies aren’t waiting for the biggest consumer electronics exhibition to announce their new products. Fujifilm has joined that list of companies by announcing not four, five or ten but twenty eight cameras, all at once.

First is the X-S1, which seemed to have some confusion regarding whether it wanted to be a DSLR or a point and shoot when it was growing up so it decided to become both. The X-S1 has a very DSLR-like body and with all those buttons and dials would confuse most people into thinking it is one. But unlike DSLRs, the lens is fixed. Read more »

Samsung unveils the DV300F, a dual screen camera with Wi-Fi connectivity

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We are less than a week into the year and we already have a second announcement from Samsung. The Korea giant’s digicam division has joined its telecom in unveiling a new product at the start of 2012.

The company introduced the Samsung DV300F – the next member of its lineup of dual screen cameras. This time there’s also Wi-Fi connectivity, which enables you to email your images and videos or upload them to Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and YouTube. Read more »

Compact Flash Association unveils XQD card format, promises write speeds of over 125MB/s

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The Compact Flash Association announced a new high-performance memory card format, called XQD. Based on the PCI Express specification, the new cards will measure 38.5×29.8×3.8mm at launch, which is slightly larger than SD cards (32x24x2.1mm) and tangibly more compact than CF cards (43x36x5 mm).

The XQD cards should allow write speeds of 125MB/s at launch, but they have a theoretical maximum transfer speed of 5Gbps (that’s 625MB/s), so there’s plenty of room for improvement in the future. Read more »

Nikon announces SB-910 Speedlight flagship flash, to charge $549.99 for it

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Yesterday, Nikon announced the newest addition to its lineup of dedicated flash units for digital cameras. The SB-910 Speedlight comes to succeed its former flagship, the SB-900, bringing a new simplified UI (similar to that of the SB-700), improved thermal cut-off (where the flash will charge slower, rather than turn off altogether, when a certain temperature is reached) and AF assist for multi-point AF.

The SB-910 also recharges quicker than its predecessor (3s on alkaline batteries and 2.5s on NiMH batteries). Read more »

Scuba diver finds Canon DSLR with a working SD card in the Pacific Ocean, locates the owner using Google+

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Photographer Markus Thompson came across a Canon EOS 1000D off the end of a wharf in Deep Bay, BC while he was scuba diving. Apparently, the camera was lying there for over a year now, since August 2010 to be precise. However, upon closer inspection, Thompson discovered that the SD card inside was still in working condition.

The SD card in question had pictures of a family vacation of some fire fighter in British Columbia and so Thompson decided to put social networking to test and find the owner to return him his images. For this he turned to Google+. Read more »

PhotoJojo’s iPhone Lens Dial gives some retro spunk to your 4/4S camera

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Cameraphone buffs listen up. If you’re eager to snap some quirky hipster photos with your iPhone’s 5MP or 8MP sharpshooter and happen to have $249 bucks lying around this just might interest you.

PhotoJojo offers a three lens dial case for your iPhone 4 or 4S that gives you three cool shooting modes – Wide Angle, Fisheye and Telephoto. It has three coated glass lenses and it’s made out of aircraft-grade aluminum case. Read more »

Nikon D800 image leaks, said to have a 36 megapixel sensor

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Three years after the Nikon D700 was launched, it seems Nikon is finally going to launch a successor. What you see below is supposedly the upcoming Nikon D800, leaked by the folks at Nikon Rumors.

According to the purported specifications, the D800 will have a 36 megapixel sensor. That is 7,360 x 4,912 and thrice the resolution of the D700′s 12.1 megapixel sensor. This comes across as a rather strange move as I thought we had finally gone past the megapixel craze and were concentrating more on the low-light performance, something high resolution sensors are not very good at (unless they are appropriately large in physical size). Read more »

Panasonic announces LUMIX DMC-GX1 and LUMIX DMC-3D1, priced at $700 and $500 respectively

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Panasonic has announced two new cameras, the LUMIX DMC-GX1, which is their latest Micro Four Thirds camera and the LUMIX DMC-3D1, which is a point and shoot 3D camera.

The LUMIX DMC-GX1 features a 16.01 megapixel Live MOS sensor and Venus Engine and is capable of shooting at ISO 12,800. It uses a contrast auto-focus system, which is more accurate than a phase difference system. The auto-focus system is also really fast and is claimed to focus in just 0.09 second. Read more »

RED announces the $9,750 SCARLET, shoots 4K RAW video and 5K still images

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Just when Canon’s parade was starting, here comes RED with the rain. The new SCARLET has just been announced and it costs nearly half of what the C300 does while at the same time managing to record 4K resolution 30fps RAW footage and 5K still images.

The size advantage of C300 has also been taken care of by the SCARLET. Although RED does not mention the actual dimensions on their site, hands-on pictures make it clear that the SCARLET is more or less the same size as the C300 and designed for hand-held usage like its big brother RED EPIC. Read more »

Canon showcases upcoming EOS Movie DSLR, will do 4K resolution video at 24fps

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More news from Canon. Continuing their assault on the professional video camera segment, Canon has showcased an upcoming and yet to be named EOS Movie DSLR.

The highlight of this camera is its full frame 35-mm sensor that can record 4K resolution videos at 24 fps in Motion-JPEG format. It was shown off with a new EF 50 lens and the gigantic Cine 24 lens you see above that even dwarfs the already large camera. Read more »

Canon announces C300 professional video camera, prices it at $20,000

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Canon has been making professional still cameras for a long time now but it is yet to enter the world of professional video camera, dominated by the likes of Arri and RED. But that’s history now with the announcement of the $20,000 Canon C300, Canon’s first professional video camera announced today at an event in the mecca of movies, Hollywood.

The two main features of the C300 according to Canon are the high video quality and the compact size of the camera. At 5.2 (w) x 7.0 (h) x 6.7 (d) inches, the C300 is one of the smallest professional video cameras around, making it possible to be used in tight spaces giving the director more room to be creative. Read more »

GoPro HD Hero2 released, brings twice the processing power of its predecessor

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Recently bought the original GoPro HD Hero? Kept the receipt, did you? The HD Hero2 has now launched and boy does it bring some nice upgrades.

For starters, the new HD Hero2 boasts improved lens, which GoPro says, is two times sharper than that of the original HD Hero. And that’s just the start. Read more »

Lytro is the world’s first light field camera, lets you focus on any part of the image AFTER it’s captured

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Lytro is the world’s first light field camera. Light field is the amount of light travelling in every direction through every point in space. Light field contains a lot more information than traditional light captured by regular cameras, especially pertaining to the placement of objects emitting that light and their distance from the camera.

Traditional cameras capture light and color but light field cameras also captures vector direction of the rays of light. This extra bit of information, combined with the special light field sensor and the powerful software, let’s the camera know the position of the objects in the frame, which is what lets it perform its magic trick, focus selectively on objects AFTER they are captured by the camera. Read more »

Here’s a nifty 1080p shootout between the iPhone 4S and a Canon 5d MKII DSLR, camcorder geeks rejoice

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With the hype circling around Siri there hasn’t been much talk of the new iPhone’s 8 MP camera and especially the bumped up 1080p video recording.

Let’s get down to it – an enthusiast decided to pit the iPhone 4S against the immensely popular among film makers Canon 5d MkII. The discipline of choice was video recording and the result is pretty damn interesting. Read more »